About FSU Astrophysics

Our research focuses on star formation, supernova explosions, the cosmic microwave background, and cosmology. Our goals are to help decipher the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and the cosmic dark ages and to understand the origin of chemical elements in stars and stellar explosions. Our efforts strongly benefit from collaborations on a national and international level, and from the research and support of the other groups in the FSU Physics Department.

Pat Thomas Planetarium

Our Planetarium at FSU is used to educate and entertain the community, local and regional K-12 schools, FSU students, home-schoolers, service organizations, clubs, and the general public. For more information and to book a show, visit the Planetarium's Website.

Solar eclipse: August 21, 2017

Most of the US will experience a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. This five minute video explains how the Earth, Sun, and Moon line up during an eclipse.

In Tallahassee, the Moon will block about 85 percent of the Sun, and it will completely block the Sun a few hundred miles to the North. Here the eclipse will last from about 1:00 pm EDT until 4:00 pm EDT, with a maximum around 2:40 pm EDT. Here are tips from NASA for safe viewing. Eye protection is necessary to view the eclipse.

The Challenger Learning Center and the Tallahassee Astronomical Society are planning a viewing event in Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee.




Course Offerings

Undergraduate Major

Undergraduate Major


Graduate Study

Seminar Schedule